Title: I Am Scout: The Biography of Harper Lee
Author: Charles J. Shields
To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the most widely read novels in American literature. It's also a perennial favorite in highschool English classrooms across the nation. Yet onetime author Harper Lee is a mysterious figure who leads a very private life in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, refusing to give interviews or talk about the novel that made her a household name. Lee's life is as rich as her fiction, from her girlhood as a rebellious tomboy to her days at the University of Alabama and early years as a struggling writer in New York City.
In this riveting portrait, Charles J. Shields reveals the story of Harper Lee by piecing together hundreds of interviews with Lee's classmates, friends, and neighbours, and by delving into forgotten archives. The result is an in-depth look at the unconventional, high-spirited woman who drew on her love of writing and her Southern home to create an American classic that continues to speak to new generations of readers.